Advisor for External Audit


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As an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations, the federally owned Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its development-policy objectives.

GIZ is looking to fill the position of an Advisor for External Audit in the Good Financial Governance Programme (GFG).


  1. Responsibilities

The Advisor is responsible for

  • Managing support to the partner institution i.e the National Audit Office of Tanzania (NAOT) in the context of GIZ’s Good Financial Governance Programme (GFG)
  • In collaboration with the GIZ Senior Technical Advisor provide professional advisory services to institutional development programme initiatives and cooperate with a broad range of target groups within and outside NAOT
  • Facilitating innovation, knowledge management and capacity building in both core and support functions of NAOT
  • Assisting with analysis of complex technical processes on External Audit to facilitate adherence to International Audit Standards regarding Supreme Audit Instutions
  • Proactively facilitate capacity building for NAOT staff and Oversight Committees of Parliament
  • Applying of principles, concepts, practices and standards in the area of Public Financial Management (PFM), Risk Management, Systems and Control.


  1. Advising the partner institution

The Advisor

  • Assists and monitors the development and implementation of programme plans and activities in close consultation with counterparts
  • Contributes to preparing and implementing the coordination process, joint programme activities and work at the regional level
  • Deals with the design, preparation and implementation of workshops, seminars and other events on issues connected with the programme’s area of activity
  • Develops and organises quality assurance measures and suggests necessary changes, improvements and initiatives
  • Contributes to achieving the objectives of GIZ’s Good Financial Governance Programme (GFG) in the Field of Action on External Audit.
  • Provides technical in-depth advice on External Audit processes for NAOT, primarily as regards Compliance and Financial Audit using electronic working documentation programmes such as TeamMate.
  • Facilitate that high-quality management and professional practices are well established and applied in the Tanzanian Supreme Audit Institution
  • Promotes norms, standards and best practices of External Auditing in the Public Sector in accordance with international standards
  • Assists NAOT in developing performance measures to monitor the effectiveness of External Audit processes and results
  • Assists in strengthening dialogue with the Legislative and Executive Branches of Government so as to promote a common understanding of the role and need for independence of the Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) of Tanzania in exercising accountability in the public sector
  • Facilitates in cooperation with NAOT staff ready-to-use strategies and technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals and procedures
  • Facilitates in formulating need based Terms of Reference (ToR) for and hiring of consultants to implement development activities
  • Prepares appropriate inputs for various programme reports
  1. Networking and Cooperation

The Advisor

  • Supports cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners, assists with Public Relations (PR) work and cooperates with local communities, relevant organisations, non-governmental agencies and individuals in the programme environment and with other programmes to improve and maintain good working relationships
  • Communicates local interests and efforts, forwards these and encourages sharing ideas and information for the benefit of the programme
  1. Knowledge Management

The Advisor

  • Ensures knowledge transfer to programme information
  • Develops ready-to-use strategies and technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals and procedures
  • Draws up reports and presentation documents
  • Prepares appropriate input for various programme reports including annual reports, and contributes to the other reports required by the programme manager and GIZ Head Office
  • Assists with research activities and studies on political issues which benefit joint programmes.
  1. Coordination Tasks

The Advisor

  • Assists with general programme planning and develops programme concepts including preparation, organisation and moderation of planning exercises and their implementation, management, monitoring, quality management, evaluation, communication and documentation
  • Coordinates relevant programme activities at local level in consultation with the manager and in cooperation with the partners, both as regards implementation and preparing organisational aspects
  • Compiles the relevant information for joint activities and assignments
  • Handles order management on behalf of GIZ (e.g. offer preparation, impact monitoring, programme progress review, reporting)
  1. Other duties/additional tasks

The Advisor 

  • Performs other duties and tasks at the request of management
  • Is working on cross cutting topics for the overall programme (e.g. Gender, impact monitoring)

Education and Qualifications

  • A University Degree in a relevant discipline such as economics, finance, accounting, business administration or public administration.
  • Professional Certifications such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)


  • At least 5 years of recent and relevant experience in Public Sector Auditing.
  • Preferably, experience from working with or in a Supreme Audit Institution
  • Working experience from Performance Audit would be an added value
  • Skills and experience in executing control design assessments, identifying and mapping key risks, controls and gaps
  • Experience and knowledge in creating, maintaining and interpreting technology policies, standards and procedures, and understanding their impact across organizations


  • In-depth knowledge of the (political) environment, administrative structures and procedures
  • Profound knowledge of complex public sector reform processes and their challenges/dynamics 
  • Fluent written and oral knowledge of English and Swahili
  • Willingness to frequent travels as required
  • Excellent team, communication and reporting skills including the application of basic IT tools (e.g. MS Office 365)



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